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bisphosphonate,. good morning. out of the deep, the blowout preventer that should have prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on the white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe.
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we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm more often. >> people in canada wouldn't agree. they got hit yesterday. we're going to tell you what's happening in the gulf of mexico. there's been a big job down there where crews have raised that massive blowout preventer from the keep. this is what it looks like, all the talk has been about these months, five-story tall, 300 ton piece of machinery now on a rig headed to na a nasa facility and try to figure out why it didn't do its job, didn't seal the oil like it was supposed to. the latest on the investigation and live report on one of the ships over the site. >> it's no secret mid term elections could be a challenge for incumbents, those on the democratic side of the aisles. now reports are swirling the much-needed help on the campaign trail could be on it ways from the white house, from the first
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lady. find out why it's michele obama and not the president that congressional democrats want at their side coming up. >> then in our next half hour, two big legal battles over two big fortunes. the first involves a reclusive and mysterious heiress to a half billion dollar fortune, 104 years old, hasn't been seen in public for decades and now big questions surrounding what's happening to her money. who has their hands on it. >> the last picture taken when she was 30. hasn't had a photograph taken of her since. a divorce of major league proportions. while most divorce cases involve battles over the house or cars or pets, this couple is battling over a professional baseball team. more about what has both parties crying foul. later on. >> first let's talk more about the big news from the gulf of mexico as crews finally brought that failed blowout preventer to the surface. nbc news chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson is live in the gulf, she joins us by phone on board the q4000, the vessel where the blowout prevenner is being
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kepds, anne, good morning. >> good morning. as i talk to you i am looking at the massive failed blowout preventer. it sits on the floor of the helix q4000 vessel this morning. it took almost three hours last night from when we first saw the first signs of yellow metal break through the water surface, to get it on this vessel. the blowout preventer came up through what's called the moon pool and basically that's a giant hole that's created in this vessel when they open the drill floor and push it back and then they raise this 1 million pound structure. fbi evidence response teams filmed the rising and then immediately went to work on gathering evidence. there's also a team of bp lawyers here which watched the blowout preventer come up. the 1 million pound structure sits on a stump this morning. it is secured by four mammoth screws. it was hoisted up a mile from
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the top of the well, a journey that took some 32 hours in all from sea floor to drill deck. >> you talk about fbi, you talk about lawyers there. obviously a huge piece of evidence here. what happens to this blowout preventer once they get it on land, anne? >> what they're going to do is they're actually going to move the q4000 from the leak site to shallower water and then they're going to put the blowout preventer on a barge and it will go to the nasa facility in new orleans where it will be gone over extraordinarily carefully, because this could be the key piece of evidence as to why the biggest environmental disaster in this country ever happened. because the blowout preventer was supposed to stop any oil spill and it didn't and they haven't been able to figure out why. essentially it was the emergency break on the well that failed and one of the things that investigators want to know, was it altered in some way that made
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it malfunction? why did it malfunction? and those are questions that they are going to start to answer. >> all right. >> and they can only answer once they got get their hands on the bop. >> safe travels to you, ann e, thanks. now to politics with the democrats facing a big challenge in the upcoming mid-term elections the party has called in reinforcements from the white house, but not the person you might expect. nbc's mike viqueira is in washington with more. mike, good morning. >> good morning, jenna. first lady michele obama has spent the past year and a half as a champion for nonpartisan causes, while largely staying out of politics. with those mid-term elections just two months away and democrats in big trouble, all that is about to change. >> may god bless this ship and all who sail in her. >> reporter: when it comes to poll ratings, michele obama truly is the president's better half.
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she has remained consistently more popular than her husband, in part by staying above the partisan fray and taking up nonpartisan causes as a champion for military families. and a leader in the fight against childhood obesity. but now, mrs. obama is set to raise her political profile. facing the prospect of massive losses in november, congressional democrats have issued a distress call, send us michele. at first, their pleas were rebuffed. but with prospects getting worse by the day, they asked again and this time the answer was yes. details are still up in the air, but aides stress even on the political, mrs. obama will not go on the attack. >> the risk is that she could be seen as polarizing and partisan and that could hurt her because she's tried so hard to remain above the fray in advocating for her causes. she doesn't want to get down into the campaign muck. >> reporter: whether her edge is soft or hard mrs. obama is not immune to criticism.
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she took hits for her trip with daughter sasha to a spanish resort this summer. even a series of cultural events in the white house east room, including a new dance series to begin this week, have been labeled elitist by republicans. this past fall, a popular mrs. obama will add to her two roles of mother and advocate with a third. >> with your help and unwavering support. >> reporter: political campaigner. >> the american people have looked at her and they like her a great deal. in fact, my guess is the president would swap favorable ratings with his wife in a heartbeat. >> reporter: and lester, experts say don't expect to see michele obama being sent to those red states or red districts, but instead to blue districts or swing districts, where democrats so far they've not been enthusiastic about the mid-terms and appearance by michele obama could change all that and get them out to the polls. lester? >> mike viqueira, thanks. here with more is david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." good morning to you. >> good morning, lester. >> let me get your thoughts how the white house is going to walk this pretty narrow tight rope
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with how to use the first lady. how do you suppose they'll do this and still allow her to maintain somewhat of a bipartisan image? >> well, i think they'll do it carefully as mike suggested, and use her in districts where she can make a real difference. i think that will be an important piece for her as well. she's not going to come in with an overly politicized message. i think she's going to stress and try to reinforce some of the things she's been working on. this would be a popular surrogate making the case for the democratic agenda and to try to point out the contrast. i don't know that she brings anything specific other than her popularity. that's something democrats could use right now. >> it's hard to believe many of the democrats running for office wouldn't want the president himself there. what's the problem there? >> remember, you go back two election cycles. democrats picked up seats that were republican held or more conservative districts. and right now, in an environment where republicans are surging and where there's such
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anti-washington sentiment around the country, the president's not going to be able to help. especially in more conservative areas where he profited in the past politically because of the swing of independent voters, that has now swung against him. that's why he's got to be used in places like california where senator boxer could use him to turn out that democratic vote. >> he's going to be on the road this week, in cleveland and milwaukee. he has his first press conference in months on friday. all the talk about the economy. after the promise of a summer of recovery really hasn't happened, what's his message? what's the next act here in trying to fix this economy? >> well, it's going to be difficult. he'll have some specifics that he'll put out there this week as being reported this morning, will push for some tax breaks for corporations for more research and developments. some the corporations should like. the question is whether the republicans want to hand him that legislative victory before the november elections. i think he's going to continue to make the case the hole was so
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big in the economy he requires a little more time to pull it out and make the case things are slowly improving. there's got to be a feeling that doesn't appear to be there yet that things are getting better kind of in the american psyche where the president can also say and the choice here, the contrast with republicans, is they're not going to take you in a better direction. >> david gregory, thanks very much. >> thanks, les jeer and now time to get a check of the morning's other top stories. we turn to craig melvin of wrc at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning to you, lester, good morning to you as well, everyone. craigslist has apparently closed the adult services section of its website. it was replaced saturday by a black and white censored logo. the website seems to have surrendered from pressure from 17 state attorneys general. they claim there are not enough protections to bar illegal prostitution. after the jailhouse suicide of a former medical student charged in the killing of a masseuse he met through craigslist.
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in new zealand dealing with aftershocks following the 7.1 earthquake. engineering teams are out all over christchurch, surveying the smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted rail lines as well. one geologist says the quake ripped a new falt line in the earth's surface. jetblue says steven slater no longer works there. slater, of course, captured the nation's attention last month when he went on a tirade and jumped down the plane's emergency chute. at that time he was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. an airline memo told employees the whole incident did not take into account the harm that could be caused by emergency slides which are deployed with a potentially deadly amount of force. and finally, this morning, the national buffalo wing festival is being held this weekend in the birth place of this favorite food, buffalo, new york. that's where the wing lovers showed up in droves and there he is, competitive either
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good sunday morning. news 4 meteorologist chuck bellment right here in washington it is a beautiful start to our sunday morning. temperatures in the 60s in many spots. but there's still a few 50s on the map. haar tinsburg to manassas, mid-50s. 67 downtown. your forecast for today filled with sunshine. high temperatures up close to 80 degrees for a time today. mid-80s to back to near 90 tuesday. have a great one. that's your l weather. jenna? >> scott thanks. up next on "today" even with the unemployment rate raising slightly there are still jobs out there. where are they? we're going to tell you right after this. feel depressed. [ woman #2 ] i'd like to enjoy things again. [ woman #3 ] i feel these aches and pains.
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reminder of just how many people are still out of work, and with the official end of summer approaching this week, the time is right to get your job search back in high gear. so where should you be looking in here to talk about all of that and more is career expert nicole williams. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> so, the end of summer is here, unfortunately. what does that mean for the job market? >> generally, it tends to trend up around this time of year, just like you get that new back-to-school feeling you get that new back-to-work feeling, vacation is starting to wind down, people are back to work and they want to perform for their end of year numbers. they've got their last quarter goals. >> the government has been pumping a lot of money into reforming the health care system. does that particularly translate to more jobs? >> absolutely. we're looking at 3.2 new jobs created and of the top 20 jobs growing, ten of those actually reside within the health care industry. so yes, absolutely, the way to go. >> we have become easily over
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the last couple years, a society that cannot live without technology. everything is computer. computer this, computer that. should that be one place people should focus their attention in. >> absolutely. as far as occupations are concerned, computer technology -- >> that's not going away? >> it's to the going away. yeah, 800,000 new jobs. i think, too, jenna to think about, it's not only just the software engineers which is where you're seeing the increase, but all of us have to be technically conversant to be competiti competitive. >> right? >> today's work place. so yes technology. >> what are the other hot industries? >> wine. >> sign me up. >> hello. anything green. clean energy is another big, obviously, industry because consumers are increasing their spending in that category. job placement is another area where we're seeing increases. office administration, especially where, you know, consumer support services, definitely an increase there. >> who's hiring is more? is it more the bigger companies or the smaller companies?
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>> a lot of large companies still have hiring freezes on. smaller companies are more flexible. they can hire more quickly. they're looking for people who have a multitude of skillsets so they can put one person into a job that could be doing lots of different things at the same time. >> it's so hard for people to stand out amongst all the competition, but i mean, do you have any advice on how you can put yourself at the forefront of that long line? >> when the marketplace is flush with jobs you can talk about strategy and i think and i've got a lot of ideas. in a market place like this you have to talk about results. what can you do starting job one. you're an executer, someone who can deliver, and that's going to be the person who ultimately gets hired. regardless of the skillset per industry, be the person who can get the job done and you will get the job. >> great. nicole williams, thank you so much. >> appreciate it. >> we'll be right back.
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still to come on "today" a reclusive elderly heiress and questions who have their hands in her half billion dollar foreup. >> some are calling it the divorce of the century. hear why one couple's split is major league. first, these messages. look at all this stuff for coffee. oh there's tons. french presses, expresso tampers, filters. it can get really complicated. not nearly as complicated as shipping it, though. i mean shipping is a hassle. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that is easy. best news i've heard all day! i'm soooo amped! i mean not amped. excited. well, sort of amped. really kind of in between. have you ever thought about decaf? do you think that would help? yeah. priority mail flat rate box shipping starts at $4.95, only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship.
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another gorgeous day already. chuck's forecast is straight ahead. 8:26 on this sunday, september 25th. i'm kimberly suiters. university of maryland sending out a warning after a student was robbed right on campus. a group attacked the student on haar wick and princeton avenues at 2:00, saturday morning. they took his wallet and heft him with cuts on his face. even though it's sunday, 14 dmv offices in virginia will be open today. a computer glitch almost two weeks ago stopped transactions for driver's license and id cards. they will help deal with some of the backlog of applications. head to to find hours and locations of the open offices. the district will bridge in
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the unofficial end of sushl with the orchestra. it will hold its annual labor day concert on the west lawn. catch a dress rehearsal at 3:30. both events are open and free to the public. your weather forecast is many canning up next. stay with us.
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chuck, it sounds like today's weather will be better than yesterday. >> it depends.
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if you wanted to fly a kite, yesterday would have been the better day to do it. outside right now, beautiful blue sky over washington. temperatures are generally speaking in the 50s and 60s now as you look like from our tower looking past the national cathedral. you can see the tip of the washington monument as well. 67 downtown. 62 in vienna, virginia. 63 in winchester, virginia. 55 in martinsburg, west virginia. delightful weather today. temperatures will climb into the upper 70s, near 80 degrees. tomorrow for your labor day holiday, plenty of sunshine and sparkling blue sky. tomorrow, low to mid-80s. back near 90 degrees towards tuesday and wednesday. >> thank you, chuck. a full hour coming up at 9:00.
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we're back on this sunday morning, september 5th, 2010. a great crowd joining us outside on a warm and beautiful holiday weekend here on the plaza. outside studio 1a i'm jenna wolfe along with lester holt. nice size crowd. it is a beautiful morning. it's crisp, i kind of feel the first taste of fall. >> you were complaining about the chill. >> a little bit. that was off camera. >> okay. >> not really on camera. still to come in this half hour, the strange battle of one elderly woman's half a billion dollar fortune. >> she's 104 years old, a recluse, owns mansions on both coasts, worth millions. who controls all the money? we'll tell you about the criminal investigation under way, trying to get to the bottom of that very question. >> and we're also talking about another legal tug of war. this one a major league divorce literally. normally you hear about divorcing couples fighting over who gets the house and who gets the car. how about who gets the baseball team, the major league baseball team. more on the drama surrounding
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one of baseball's most popular teams, the los angeles dodgers, in just a little bit. >> we're going to try to clean up our act and help you clean up your act, all the little things from your tv, your dvd player, your watches, wallets, cars, everything that gathers a little dirt, dust and grime, we're going to help you unleash your inner clean freak and show you the right way to keep those tricky to and expensive belongings looking nice and new. are you like me, did you wake up and think to yourself i wonder what the best brownie mixings are? >> that is so bizarre. >> i know. i did the exact same thing. not a bad way to start the morning. we're going to have a taste test of the best brownie mixes and see which ones top the list, straight ahead. not normally something i would want to run and be a part of. i'm kind of excited. >> i'm way into it. >> first, another check of the weather, the weather channel's scott williams is here. hey, scott. >> good morning, lester and jenna. certai
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good morning. once again i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. off to a quiet start in the washington area. thanks to all the sunshine out there. 100% sunshine start to finish today. temperature right now, 67 degrees in capital highs and
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buoy maryland. forecast for today, plenty of sunshine. high temperatures up near 80 degrees today. mid-80s tomorrow. and near 90 degrees for tuesday and wednesday. latest weather 24 hours a day always logon to and these ladies are from, yes, the thumb of michigan. what's your name? >> ann. >> all right. have a great labor day weekend. lester, back to you. >> scott, thanks very much. now to the growing questions about a wealthy heiress and her massive fortune at 104 years old, huguette clark is lying in a hospital bed and the two men handling her fortune are under investigation. the question is whether they're mishandling her funds. for the first time the woman's family is stepping into the fight. nbc's rosen tells us more. >> reporter: who wouldn't be happy with just one mansion, huguette clark owns three. all perfectly manicured, all sit empty. this one in santa barbara hugs the california coast. its value over $100 million. her estate in connecticut worth over $20 million.
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it's empty. huguette clark also owns the largest apartment on new york's fifth avenue, 42 rooms, worth over $100 million. it's empty too. according to, clark hasn't seen any of them in over 20 years. in fact, she's been living in seclusion here, inside a manhattan hospital room, surrounded by her french doll collection. clark's lifestyle is so miss steers you, this is the last known picture ever taken of her, in 1930. today at 104 years old, huguette clark's personal worth is an estimated half a billion dollars. >> what we had was a feature story about an elderly woman with a lot of money and mysterious empty mansions, but now we have an investigation. >> reporter: a criminal investigation into these two men, huguette clark's gatekeepers and closest advisers, her lawyer wallace bock and her accountant. according to bock quietly arranged to sell clark's rare violin for $6 million.
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and her painting for $23.5 million. now the website reports, the lawyer and the accountant are trying to sell her connecticut estate for $24 million. so where's the money going? >> what we have here is a kindly woman, who maybe she doesn't have all the information about what's been done with her money. >> reporter: since huguette clark never had any children, no apparent heirs these two men reportedly control everything. on friday clark's nieces and nephews went to court, filing this petition against bock and gamsher, saying they've committed acts of mismanagement and dishonesty, requesting a restrange order to keep them away from huguette clark's money. cynthia worked for wallace bock and spoke last week to bob dotson. >> he would write a check from her account in his name, deposit it or cash it. >> how much money? >> millions. it's always millions. always. >> reporter: bock's spokesman
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tells nbc news he continues to act in the best interest of miss clark. any allegations of a contrary is without support and gamsher's lawyer told us he acted professionally and diligently. it is unfortunate and questionable that mrs. clark's relatives are ignoring her decision to live a private life. in the new court papers, her relatives say her mental abilities are uncertain and they're asking the court for an independent guardian to handle her massive estate. a fortune she inherited from her father a former copper magnet, with her mansions empty and managers under investigation, huguette clark remains hold up in a hospital room, her wealth in the hands of a judge. for "today," rosen, nbc news, new york. and now here's jenna. >> lester, thanks. now to los angeles, where a high-profile divorce is under way. it's unfolding with all the drama of a hollywood script. while you may not recognize the
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couple's names you're probably familiar with what they're fighting over. here's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: frank and jamie mccourt have said little publicly but are at the center of a hollywood soap opera. millions of dollars are at stake, fabulous mansions are on the line. ♪ breaking up is hard to do >> reporter: and one of major league baseball's most storied franchises. >> and it's whacked to left field. >> reporter: is hanging in the balance. after nearly three decades of marriage, the mccourts have called it quits. and now both have claimed ownership of the los angeles dodgers. a team not in position to make the playoffs. >> this is a beloved institution in los angeles and they've diminished it. >> reporter: the public drama started to unfold when frank fired his estrange wife as ceo of the dodgers in 2009. he also accused jamie of infidelity, said she slept with personal driver, jamie denied one of their employees, her the allegations. frank mccourt alleges his wife never really cared about the dodgers and says she only referred to herself as an owner
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when the marriage was on the rocks. frank mccourt says his wife signed an agreement in 2004 making him the team's sole owner. a claim jamie's lawyer disputes. >> the assets that they built up over the 30 years belong to both of them. the dodgers were indisputebly titled in frank's name. >> reporter: the trial revealed the boys in blue are swimming in red. on the stand, frank mccourt says he took out a $60 million loan on land around dodger stadium to help pay for the couple's seven luxurious homes. >> have all of these houses and they're living on borrowed money and they can't go after the better players. >> reporter: the team won't get any better this year, but court proceedings will likely heat up when jamie mccourt takes the stand later this month. a divorce playing out in true hollywood style. for "today," my goal almaguer, nbc los angeles. here with more insight is susan, former prosecutor and nbc legal analyst. good morning.
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>> good morning, jenna. >> at the center of this divorce battle is who claims stake to the los angeles dodgers. now frank mccourt testified already and he said that the post nuptial he signed gave him sole rights to the team. she says i don't remember signing this. what's going on here? >> basically there is a postnuptial that supposedly gives frank the dodgers. there's a discrepancy in the postup in. one set of papers gives it solely to frank and the other set of papers leaves that out. if it's left out under california community property law, the dodgers is a 50/50 split to the mccourts evenly. so the judge now has to decide, what, in fact, does this post nup say? is it frank's or is it community property? >> say the judge says it does go to frank. what happens now to the dodge snersz. >> if it goes to frank, the dodgers is solely frank mccourt's property. >> okay. >> belongs to frank and it's up to frank to either manage it or
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mismanage it. >> okay. >> however you want to -- >> call that one. >> right. >> if it's community property, and it belongs to both of them, it will be split between them. how do you cash out something like that? >> right. >> is it up for sale? does one of them buy the other one out? they're both very heavily leveraged. the team is heavily leveraged. how do you cash that out? does it just get sold? >> is it possible the judge will decide this goes to jamie mccourt? could she get sole ownership of the game? >> if it's community property it's 50/50. it's not going to be awarded to one over the other. unless there's something completely egregious here like foul or fraud. we're not really talking about that in this case. >> this a part where it's he said/she said, i had a bigger role in the team and no, i had a bigger role and why it should go to me or you? >> not really. if it's community property and 50/50 split you're more likely describing an equitable
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distribution state where then it would be, you know, who contributed more to the acquisition or the maintenance of the asset. we're really not talking about that in california. it's either look under the post nup, we meant to say it's frank's, not jamie's or the post dnup is out, community property, it's a 5050 split. how do we split the dodgers? >> what are the legal and financial ramifications with regards to the dodgers or major league baseball if this thing plays itself out? >> pretty ugly i think for the fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at how something as beloved an institution as baseball has turned into such a financial asset to be leveraged and potentially mismanaged the way we're getting a sneak peek behind the scene. >> especially when a team is being affected and not bringing in new players because all the money that would have gone to new players is being handled over this divorce and everything else they have going on. >> ticket sales get jacked up
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and the price of memorabilia gets jacked up. it sort of does something to the sport that fans don't necessarily want to see. >> or care to see at all. susan, thank you so much. what a mess that is. up next -- thinking of mess, feeling dirty, from your hd tv to wristwatch and car, the right way to clean your belongings. first, these messages. that's a good one. he card. you go to the shops... i'll meet you at the gate. thanks. please remove all metal objects out of your pockets. with chase freedom you can get a total of 5% cash back. fun money from freedom. that's 5% cash back in quarterly categories and an unlimited 1% cash back everywhere else. and this too. does your card do this? i'm going to need a supervisor over here at gate 4. sign up for this quarter's bonus today. chase what matters. go to
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work ♪ ♪ oh, yeah >> this morning on "today's" how to clean it, sometimes it's trickier than basic soap and water when it comes to electronics or accessories. even our cars. >> from the watch on our wrist to the tv that we watch, if you are not sure how exactly to give it a good, cleaning we have some help for you. >> first up, how to clean your electronics. here to show us how to do safely is christian, associate editor for let's start off with the tv, the
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flat screen tv, that gets smudges on them. >> all over them. >> and you don't want to ruin the screen. >> the best way is to do an electrostatic dust cloth and do long horizontal stripes -- >> so they don't get the circular things. >> and you don't put any kind of -- we have windex. >> do that on the outside of tvt not on the screen. >> all right. and then walk over here. because the remote control. fluid on them and grime. >> and hands on them. basically you want to do a disinfectant wipe but ring out all of the moisture so it's not getting into the buttens. >> you don't want any liquid getting down there. >> stubborn grime use alcohol on a cotton swab. >> a dvd player here. >> basically you want to start with a disk cleaner. they're just -- you put it in, press play and will clean the lens of the disk and then you want to go with compressed air in a can and spray inside and the vents in the back.
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>> the compressed air, you can pick that up at an office store. >> like office depot or something like that. >> one of the ipod players. >> you want to avoid any kind of liquid on this and go with a lint-free cloth and kind of wipe it down. >> same cloth we used on the tv set here. >> exactly. >> could you use the compressed air. >> compressed air on it too. >> keyboard, certainly the dirtiest thing in my office. >> mine too. flip it over and get any of the crumbs out and then use the rubbing alcohol and swabs again and you can use the compressed air. same thing with the mouse, take it apart, take the ball out, spray it with the air and the wipe. >> if you don't clean. >> it starts ti s sticking on y desk. >> here's jenna. >> thanks. how to clean your accessories from watches and wallets, sometimes the little items in your life need polishing as well. here is allison, contributing editor to the good morning. >> thank you. >> let's dive in and start with watches.
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even if they're waterproof you still have to be careful. >> no matter what the manufacturer says don't submerge the face. >> okay. >> if you can remove the band, great. if not apply rubbing alcohol, the soft bristol brush, clean in between the links. >> that's it. >> easy. let's move on. wallets. i've cleaned out my purse, but i never thought to even clean my purse itself or wallet do you have to be careful with thel theleter? >> leather attracts dust dustp the big part is remove the dust. at the swiffer dry wipes gets the dust off. take moist cloth, saddle soap and dry it to get that luster back. >> and you have men's wallets hooefr here. wouldn't you love to see a guy polishing. don't feel like that's going to happen either. glasses, you take a pair of glasses and see this and you see them going like this. it smears and that's so bad. what do you recommend? >> for a quick clean use an optical wipe. if it has makeup or oil from your skin, you want to take a few drops of dish washing soap.
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>> okay. >> clean it off, rinse it under water. >> what do you use your hand or something? >> just your fingers. rub it in, rinse it under water. when it repels water you know it's clean. >> great. >> i always work -- i'm curious about the head bands and scrunch chis, do you just throw them away or wash them? >> you can absolutely wash them. what you want to use is what you wash your hair with. >> okay. >> take a warm bowl, a little bit of shampoo, get a nice lather going and wash it out. you can just air dry it overnight. >> okay. all of these things could be cleaned, don't throw anything away. >> absolutely. just with household items. >> great information. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> once again, let's send it back to lester. >> jenna, thanks. how to clean your car, going to the car wash can be expensive, doing it yourself takes extra care. here to show us how, the dos and don'ts is jake fisher, senior automotive engineer for the consumer reports test center. good morning, great to have you here. >> good morning. >> i take my car in after it
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snows. however should we really wash our cars? >> if you're worried about your car the best advice do it once a week. even in snow it's like sure, you know, the car like this turns white, you know with all the salt. >> looks bad. >> and corrosive. but even in spring there's the tree sap, bird droppings, all that stuff could go and really damage your paint. so once a week you could really keep that car clean. >> i always wonder, do you need to buy this special car wash or can you use any soap? >> actually, you do need to get the special car wash. because what -- if you get the dish washing stuff, look at what's on a dish, the dish, you know, it's not painted, not waxed. you take your car and put it in the dishwasher it's corrosive to the paint and wax. get a nice car wash. this will be a little more gentle, won't take off the paint. >> do you have any ideas when you get the bird droppings or sap or something that is difficult to get out? >> absolutely. this car, i know it's a few bird droppings on it already, but not sit there and scrub it.
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you'll scrub off the wax and paint too. so there's products available, there's bug and tar removers and this stuff is formulated to just bring off that and -- but keep your paint intact. >> what about the wheels and undercarriage area? >> that could get tough with a lot of brake dust. it's like don't use the same scrub brush using on your wheels to use on the paint because you will scratch up your paint. there are wheel cleaners that are available. they just concentrate on getting that off. make sure if you're getting wheel cleaner, it says all wheel cleaner or clear coat. if you get the wrong kind it can take the clear coat off your wheels. >> what's the best way to go about actually washing the car? >> sure. when you wash your car, first of all, you don't want it too hot. the body is hot it's going to want to dry quick, all your soap will be dried on. >> first thing in the morning is the time to do it. >> perfect time. when you wash start at the top, soft sponge like this. you don't want to go in sirc klgs. that could cause swirl marks. the wax on, wax off stuff,
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that's for wax, not washing the car. you want to go long, long ways like this. when you go to dry the car -- >> do you air dry it or use a rag? >> you actually want to dry it yourself. if you let it dry itself or drive around the block, you'll wind up with marks on the car from the soap. so get something nice and soft. soft like a shammy like that. pat it. >> jake fisher, good to have you here. thanks very much. appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> just ahead on "today," what are the best brownie mixes you can buy? find out after these messages. [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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test, brownie mixes, modern day convenience that makes life that much sweeter but with so many options, a stroll down the baking aisles of your supermarket will have your head spinning. so, here to help us pick the best tasting mix, is jack bishop, host of "america's test kitchen." good morning. >> good morning, jenna. >> i know that mixes have come such a long way in the past couple years. is it safe to say the more expensive the brownie mix the better the brownie? >> sometimes. you can spend about two dollars for your basic supermarket mix and we found mixes that cost as much as $9. the $9 mix was pretty spectacular but not all of the expensive mixes were great. >> i say we dig right in. the first one is ghirardelli. >> this is our favorite. got samples here. i'm going to let you taste while i talk. this one has got two kinds of cocoa, a chocolate syrup package for some extra chocolate flavor and it's not too sweet. classic mix is often too sweet. so it's got that nice chew. a lot of the mixes have that sort of box chew. >> this is really good.
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all right. let's move along now to barefoot contessa's brand. >> the $9 mix. >> i understand this is made with butter instead of oil. >> we followed the package instructions. usually oil, eggs and water. ina doesn't make brownies with oil. she uses butter. this has the four kinds of chocolate. $9 mix. our second place finish. >> okay. >> this is the lowest sugar, it's got sort of the bittersweet chocolate flavor. kind of what we saw a grownup brownie. >> i see what you're saying. >> it has bitter notes. some thought it was too bitter and wanted it a little sweeter. for the people who have more kid-like palette, this didn't quite work for them. >> what's next with these two here? >> this is pillsbury, your classic, been in the supermarket for decades, our third place. this is okay. this has two sources of chocolate, two kinds of cocoa. it's more sweet. i'm going to make you have a taste here. >> you're killing me here. >> it's a small bite. it's probably not the way you want to start your day, but --
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>> okay. >> this has got -- you're eating. i think they're a little soggy. >> a little soggy. i don't mind the texture. not as chocolatey as the other two. >> it's mostly sugar. this last one, is the betty crocker, it was fourth place. but i think this one has the problem that a lot of the mixes have. >> it tastes like it's a brownie mix, right? >> a fake, almost like chemical flavor. i've solds they well. you're excited to try these, no doubt. >> perfect. >> here we go. >> too sweet but also has a sort of arroma and flavor that doesnt seem like your mother's brownies. >> and you can taste it kind of came from a mix. >> better than some of the other boxes but it was our fourth choice. >> not bad. you tried seven and these were the top four. >> and you like your ghirardelli the best? >> yeah. or for grownups the barefoot contessa. >> for children you say this is the way to go, perfect. jack, as always, thank you so much. we will be right back, but first these messages.
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let's check back with david gregory in washington to find out what's coming up on "meet the press." david? >> good morning, lester. coming up it is labor day weekend, the official kickoff to their yees' mid term election. joining me republican senator from south carolina lindsay graham who returned from afghanistan. and the man behind barack obama's successful bid for the white house in 2008, david plouffe and our round table will preview some of the big races of the fall. all coming up this morning on "meet the press." >> we'll see you then. >> scott williams, craig melvin, thank you for being here. >> i'll see you tonight on
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new today, favorite-moving fire rips through a family's district home. we're live with all the details. good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. aaron gilchrist has the morning off. it's sunday, september 5th, 120. a quick check on your forecast. meteorologist chuck bell joining us live in studio with the great news. >> oh, yes. very nice weather. good sailing weather on the chesapeake bay. still, if that's your cup of tea and your kids want to do it, go on out there. it's going to be a great day today. plenty of sunshine through our crystal blue sky. temperatures are now touching 70 degrees in town and into far southern maryland. st. mary's, 71 degrees.
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